To Water Her Garden: A journey of self-discovery

Author: Samira Mahmoodi
Publisher: Self
Publication Date: April 18, 2019
Number of Pages: 226
ISBN-10: 179882616X
ISBN-13: 978-1798826164

To Water Her Garden: A Journey of Self-Discovery by Samira Mahmoodi is a poignant collection of poems about healing, self-love, forgiveness, and self-discovery. With each poem, Mahmoodi's words resonate with raw emotion, inviting readers to embark on a profound journey of introspection and growth. The poems in this collection are not mere words on a page; they are windows into the author's soul. Mahmoodi's ability to convey the tenderest and rawest of human emotions is remarkable. Readers get glimpses of her vulnerability, feel her pain as she opens her heart through each poem, and experience her doubts and her triumphs.

Accompanied by symbolic illustrations and diagrams, Mahmoodi's poems take on an even deeper dimension. These visual elements enhance the reading experience, adding layers of meaning to the already profound and resonant verses. The symbolism in the illustrations invites readers to explore the intricate connections between the words and the images, deepening their understanding of the themes explored in the poems. The preface sets the stage for the emotional journey that follows. Mahmoodi's personal story of grappling with sadness, anger, and a sense of unfulfillment instantly captivates the reader. Her willingness to confront her own demons and seek therapy serves as a powerful reminder that healing begins with acknowledging one's pain and taking the courageous step toward self-improvement.

Mahmoodi's poems redefine self-acceptance and encourage readers to embrace their feelings, whatever they may be, without judgment or self-criticism. The message is clear: it's okay to feel sad, angry or lost. In fact, it's essential to acknowledge these emotions as part of the journey toward self-love and healing. The poems also examine the power of forgiveness. The poet asks: Why forgive someone who doesn’t even feel sorry? Her exploration of this topic is both relatable and thought-provoking, challenging readers to consider the role of forgiveness in their own lives and the power they give themselves by choosing to forgive and let go.

To Water Her Garden invites readers to reflect on their own experiences and emotions. Mahmoodi's words serve as a mirror, reflecting back the universal struggles and triumphs of the human experience, they spark introspection and inspire personal growth. In To Water Her Garden, Samira Mahmoodi has crafted a collection of poems that is not only deeply personal but also universally resonant. It is a literary journey that encourages readers to embrace their own paths of self-discovery, self-love, and healing. Mahmoodi's words are a source of solace and inspiration, reminding us that, ultimately, the journey to self-acceptance and growth begins with the courage to confront our own truths. This collection offered me many thoughtful and Aha moments. 

Reviewed By: Cristina Prescott


Date: November 29, 2023